Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 vs A16 Bionic vs Dimensity 9200: Qualcomm’s Adreno 740 wins the GPU race in style

Before its release, reports indicated that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2’s Adreno 740 GPU would offer class-leading performance, overtaking even the A16 Bionic’s, after the Apple chipset debuted on the iPhone 14 Pro phones with minimal GPU improvements over its predecessor. It appears those reports were not misguided.

As tested by Golden Reviewer, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 seems to outperform both the A16 Bionic and Dimensity 9200 in the GPU department. Hosted by the Vivo X90 Pro Plus, the Qualcomm chipset records an average of 223 FPS in the GFXBench 3.1 1080P Offscreen test. The Dimensity 9200 squeezes out 203 FPS; the A16 Bionic 195. Efficiency isn’t traded in for raw performance either, as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 also manages to consume less power than the other two, resulting in a significant 25% efficiency advantage.

These numbers are mirrored by the 3DMark WildLife Extreme test, where the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 comes away with a score of 3729 while drawing just 7.5 W of power. The A16 Bionic draws 7.6 W but only manages a score of 3359; the Dimensity 9200 draws 8.2 W and still scores less than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, at 3627. Again, the Qualcomm chipset performs best of the lot, while drawing the least power. As such, it’s easy to conclude that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2’s Adreno 740 GPU delivers around 10% better performance and around 15% better efficiency than the A16 Bionic’s GPU—on average.

Qualcomm’s chipset looks to be a performance monster by all indications—particularly on the GPU side—as it outperforms the A16 Bionic on the Apple iPhone 14 Pro phones, without compromising on efficiency. This dominance isn’t limited to synthetic benchmarks either, as real-world Genshin Impact tests have also seen the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 on the Xiaomi 13 Pro perform a tad better than the iPhone 14 Pro Max while remaining significantly cooler than the Apple flagship.

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